Review: BOH Tea SPE DUST 1

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Thumbs up!"Lush, refreshing and bold, this tea is a superior version of the so-called inferior tea "dust.""
CJ’s Teaview: 9.1/10
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When I think of tea-producing  nations, Malaysia is not the first country to pop into my head.  BOH Tea has changed all that.  This company is based in a region its website describes thus:

"More than 5000ft above sea level, on the main mountain range of Malaysia, is one of the most fertile agricultural spots in the country: Cameron Highlands.  Nicknamed ‘Malaysia’s Green Bowl’, the highlands possess all the right attributes of prime cropland - moderate temperatures, high altitude, abundant rainfall, long hours of sunshine and well-drained soil."

Perched on the rim of this "green bowl" sits probably the most gorgeous tea room on earth--BOH's Sungei Palas Tea Centre.   More than a cafe, the center provides tours and demonstrations all aimed and educating the public about tea growing and processing.  It overlooks endless rows of tea bushes and an exotic oriental garden.  At least that what the online brochure says.  The pictures are enough to convince me!

I'm pretty sure I can taste all this beauty and lushness in the BOH tea with the very boring name of "SPE DUST 1" "Dust" though, is an apt name.  The tea pieces in the package are so small they look like Matcha, or instant tea.  But once flooded with boiling water, they plump up to the size of mustard seeds.  They smell sweet and malty and astringent.  They taste is at once refreshing and hearty.  If any tea could convert a staunch coffee drinker from the bean to the leaf, this one could.
I've never understood why the small bits of tea known as "fannings" or "dust" are considered inferior quality.  They taste great to me.  BOH's SPE DUST 1 certainly does!  I'll consider myself fortunate that the teas I enjoy most are often the least expensive!  I rate this one a 9.1!

— To purchase BOH Tea SPE DUST 1, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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